Do you know someone who is moody, possibly depressed? Here are some resources that can help. Omega-3 Oils can help many disorders.
Integrative Therapies for Schizophrenia – Omega-3 fatty acids (Fish Oils)
Scott Olson, ND (Doctorate of Naturopathy)
Omega-3 essential fatty acids (oils), which include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are found primarily in fish (such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) and some plants. While they are necessary for the proper functioning of our bodies, the levels necessary for health benefits are more than can readily be achieved through diet alone. These oils are used as supplemental treatments for an array of conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. These oils also play a role in brain development and function.
People with schizophrenia have low levels of these essential fatty acids in their bodies. Studies of individuals with schizophrenia who were given EPA/DHA suggest that these oils reduce the amount of standard medication necessary to treat the disease. In addition, individuals with schizophrenia who take Omega-3s seem to experience fewer symptoms. However, these studies are too small to provide a definitive answer about the effectiveness of EPA/DHA in treating all people with schizophrenia. Again, supplementing with EPA/DHA remains an adjunctive (complementary) therapy until further studies can clarify its role in treating schizophrenia.
In 2002 Dr. Andrew Stoll, a Medical Doctor and on the Faculty of Harvard Medical School, formerly the Director of Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory, Mclean Hospital, published a 300 page book called The Omega-3 Connection. In it he explains:
- Why Omega-3s are essential for mental health
- The remarkable antidepressive powers of fish oils, flax oil and omega-3 supplements
- Safe and effective supplements for pregnancy and postpartum depression
Find the book at your local library or on Amazon.com